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Back when Soviets were stamping out Islam in Central Asia and effectively subjecting its millions of Muslims to state atheism, plenty of weak Muslim regimes had links with them. In that respect China-Uighur thing is not a novelty. What's newer is that it's widely known to masses
even after Stalinist period, Khrushchev made every effort to disseminate atheism (even among some Muslim rulers - he twice tried to *convert* Iraqi dictator Abdul-Salam Arif, who refused both occasions) yet this was the peak of Soviet relations with many Muslim regimes.
Similarly other empires may not persecute their internal minorities the way China does (which should be acknowledged), but have in a different way killed 10s of 1000s of Muslims under barely concealed "crusades". Yet nobody would consider blacklisting them at state level.
Among other things, in this sense the outrage that Mahathir/Erdogan/esp Imran have not mentioned China is fairly hollow, even if it comes from a good place (I would say the same of scumbag monarchs who rub shoulders with Modi before anybody brings up the "Paki propaganda" angle)
Nobody managed to rescue every Muslims inna world or fight off every anti-Muslim oppressor at once - that too with words. So while it's sad that XYZ ruler mentions one tyrant & not another, I'd argue not nearly as "hypocritical" as ppl claim THOUGH society SHOULD pressure them
It IS completely deplorable and scummy that Muslims, including ppl in regimes, actually SUPPORT, diplomatically or otherwise, anti-Muslim activity by any government. That includes China and others, incl its rivals. letter praising Beijing deserves every criticism it gets & more
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